About this Program

Human performance technology involves a systematic and systemic approach to identifying how performance improvement can be measured, and most critically, applied in real environments to solve real problems. The certificate provides the student with a fundamental understanding of human performance technology coupled with targeted coursework in the design and implementation of instructional and non-instructional performance interventions to contribute to performance improvement, strategic planning, and organizational change initiatives. This certificate is a natural concentration area in both Instructional Design and Technology and business education given the widespread use of performance improvement initiatives found in higher education, corporate, healthcare, and military environments.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible schedule beginning in fall, spring, and summer.

  • Finish the 12-credit certificate in one year.

  • Offered online with the option to attend classes on campus.

  • One-on-one advising on academic and professional development.

  • Opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research with faculty.

  • Comprehensive curriculum covering advanced principles and techniques as well as advanced topics in human performance improvement.


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Social and Human Service Assistants

$35,460 Median Salary

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

Social and Community Service Managers

$77,030 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

$90,340 Median Salary

Design objects, facilities, and environments to optimize human well-being and overall system performance, applying theory, principles, and data regarding the relationship between humans and respective technology. Investigate and analyze characteristics of human behavior and performance as it relates to the use of technology.

Training and Development Specialists

$64,700 Median Salary

Design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. May analyze training needs.


What are the requirements to apply for Human Performance Technology at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Human Performance Technology should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Admission Requirements:

    • Degree-seeking graduate students may enroll in certificate courses with approval of their advisor.
  • Non-degree seeking students are required to:

    • Submit an application and application fee
    • Have an earned undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher


  • Are there any International or Program specific admissions requirements?

    • There are none besides the TOEFL requirements.

For Admission to the Human Performance Technology Program



TOEFL score

iB: 230 or computer-based: 80


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPAs and SAT/ACT test scores. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.


Associate Professor

NORFOLK, 23529